Doug: I don’t follow this line of argument either, Barry. At the very least, the neocons want governments in the Middle East that are controllable. Islamic fundamentalists are eminently not controllable.
It is true that the US got in tight with many of those types during the war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, but that was ages ago, under a totally different geopolitical order.
The neo-cons have it easier with political Islam for several reasons (ie they can keep control via Arab chaos, and always have a good excuse for “regime change” if they can’t - they did this with Saddam too, I know, but dictatorships can also be useful to US government/business)....
...What the US does NOT want are stable democracies or Arab nationalism or Arab Socialism.. all these might mean countries which might not need America anymore or might stand up to Amercia because their people will be doing better.. sort of like why the US hates Castro, Chavez, etc.
Why do you think the US overthrew the demo. elected Iranian government to put in the Shah? Take a closer look at American foreign policy in the Middle East… Read Dreyfuss’s book…
...We were “tight” with folks for OUR interests beyond that of “containing” Russia (which was another pandora’s box WE opened).
“Ages ago?” Do you think the people in the Middle East have short memories?